by HANNAH BROADBENT
The Mayer Lutheran Baseball field has been a beloved, successful home to the Crusaders for years, but in the past few years has grown old and is ready for updates. The “Lutheran High family” has been waiting to make some changes to the complex, and now they can.
The Oswald Hoese Field received a $5,000 grant from the Minnesota Twins Community Fund’s Fields for Kids. Baseball staff had heard of the grant from a Twins Plaque at another baseball field last year. They applied last fall and received word of the grant early last week, April 10.
“Congratulations on being selected for a Twins Fields for Kids grant! We appreciate all that you do for youth baseball/softball in your community and look forward to working with you during the duration of this project,” wrote Senior Manager of Community Relations for the Twins, Stephanie Johnson.
“It’s a good feeling to know you have the support of a major league baseball team,” said Executive Director at Mayer Lutheran, Joel Landskroener. “It says a lot.”
According to Landskroener the field needs a new fence, dugouts and grandstand, A new scoreboard was on the list but just recently the school installed a brand new one thanks to donations made earlier in the year.
Landskroener marvels in the community support given to Mayer Lutheran. Long time and MSHSL hall of fame inductee, coach Dave Lane was the inspiration for community donation, specifically, from former players.
The community raised $60,000 last year for new fences and dugouts. This Twins grant “put us over the top” according to Landskroener. Dugouts, priced at about $15,000 and a new fence at around $45,000 should be finished this summer after the school baseball season has ended.
The school looks to the next four years of updates planned. The biggest one is a new grandstand that can cost anywhere from $300,000 to $500,000.
For now, faculty and staff are grateful for these gifts.
“We are excited to receive this generous gift from the Twins Community Fund,” Lane said. “Baseball has been a mainstay in the Mayer community for many years and our ability to upgrade the field with new fencing and dugouts will help our kids and other local teams have a safer and more enjoyable experience as they play this great game.”
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